Mark Skullerud

Mark Skullerud

We are Island people
our inner clock set to a time
quite different from the mainland
where tomorrow means sometime
within the next twenty`four hours
Here it might not be Monday
but sometime by Friday

The Island’s speed limit
is thirty`five miles per hour
which for main`landers is too slow
They are freeway drivers whose motto
‘Lead, follow or get out of the way!’
we find as amusing as hell
So we drive twenty-five

At the market we do not
always think to bring wallets
so the clerk says Just stop by later!
The non`islanders get mighty twitchy
waiting for us to finish the small talk
over the size of the best crab
caught on`island this week

When the summer is done
the visitors pack up their gear
head back to their concrete jungles
The sheriff no longer patrols the launch
to check parking permits & licenses
An old man can walk the beach
without worry about his dog


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Islanders

  1. Maureen says:

    sounds lovely

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Morgan says:

    Yes please ! When do we go

    Liked by 1 person

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